Young Persons Urged to Speak Out on Issues

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. (sixth left, front row) and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon Olivia Grange (seventh left), at the youth forum recently held by the Youth Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security and the University of the West Indies’ Department of Government, in Kingston. At left is Head of the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Dr. Lloyd Waller; to Miss Grange’s left is Head of the Community Security and Safety Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Senior Superintendent of Police, Steve McGregor; and at third right is Programme Director at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Yuri Peschkov.

Story Highlights

  • Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is urging young persons to speak out on issues affecting the country.
  • The State Minister noted that there will be a series of fora to empower and encourage the youth to speak out to give life to the theme ‘Jamaica’s Youth: Architects of our own Future’.
  • The State Minister explained that the forum is in keeping with the objectives of the Youth Engagement Campaign Project being implemented by the Youth Advisory Committee with a view to promoting youth advocacy and participation in national development.

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is urging young persons to speak out on issues affecting the country.

Senator Charles Jr., who is also Chairman of the Youth Advisory Committee of the Jamaica National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was speaking at a recent youth forum in Kingston hosted by the Committee, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Ministry of National Security; and the University of the West Indies’ Department of Government.

The State Minister noted that there will be a series of fora to empower and encourage the youth to speak out to give life to the theme ‘Jamaica’s Youth: Architects of our own Future’.

Senator Charles Jr. is encouraging the youth to speak on climate change and gender issues, particularly domestic violence, which has been affecting youth in the country.

The State Minister explained that the forum is in keeping with the objectives of the Youth Engagement Campaign Project being implemented by the Youth Advisory Committee with a view to promoting youth advocacy and participation in national development.

“Pick up the baton, be deliberate and purposeful citizens who will later become agents of change in Jamaica. Ask yourselves, what kind of country do I want to live in, and who do I expect to change it. At some point in life, we must remind ourselves that we are the change agents, and be bold enough to step into the ring,” he told the young people at the forum.

Senator Charles Jr. reminded them that they are “an indispensable part of the solution to the social ills experienced in the Jamaican society”.

For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who is also Chairman of the Board of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, commended the Committee members for their guidance.

She underscored the importance of a collaborative approach among the youth and leaders of the country. “The youth will have to live with the decisions that we as leaders make today, so it is critical that young people have a say in decision-making now,” the Minister said.

The forum featured three panel discussion sessions on citizen security, citizen opportunity and citizen responsibility. Participants included media personality and Executive Producer of Talk Up Yout’, Emprezz Golding; Olympian and entrepreneur, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; and Senior Superintendent of Police, Steve McGregor, who is in charge of the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

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